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Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday declined to grant [opinion, PDF] a motion by the NAACP [advocacy website] and other plaintiffs that would have kept the state from implementing their voter identification law in the upcoming March … [read more]

Legal News
19 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] US President Obama on Friday commuted [press release] 95 prison sentences of individuals who have been jailed for non-violent offenses. The act of clemency comes as result of the recent sentencing reform for drug and non-violent offenses. In his letter to the released men and women, President Obama stated, … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday asking Alabama to loosen the discriminatory burdens resulting from their voter photo identification law. The law's purported purpose is to prevent voter fraud by requiring voters to present a photo ID prior to voting. … [read more]

Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

US President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has instructed the Office of Personal Management (OPM) [official website] to remove inquiries about criminal records [fact sheet] from federal employment applications. Obama made the announcement [remarks] during a speech at Rutgers University Center for Law and Justice as part of his … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

US President Barack Obama made the case [remarks] for overhauling the nation's sentencing laws on Tuesday in front of top law enforcement officials at the 122nd Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police [official website] Conference and Exposition. The president argued that placing large numbers of nonviolent drug offenders in … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] US Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates on Monday voiced the Obama's administration's support [press release] for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 [S 2123]. The bipartisan legislation would reduce the prison sentences of some nonviolent drug offenders whose sentences have overwhelmed the criminal justice system's correctional … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Massachusetts state Senate [official website] unanimously passed [docket] a resolution [text] Thursday to repeal a law requiring a driver's license suspension of at least six months for anyone convicted of a drug crime. The law required the driver's license suspension in all circumstances of drug offenses, even if … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile], speaking at the NAACP Annual Convention [official website] on Tuesday, urged Congress to reform [press release] the criminal justice system by enacting legislation that would enforce criminal laws fairly and reduce disparities. Obama is also calling for sentencing reform, changes to the juvenile … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Monday began hearing a challenge complaint, PDF; Advancement Project materials] to a North Carolina law [HB 589 materials] limiting early voting and same-day voter registration. The lawsuit was brought by the US Department of Justice and … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] announced [press release] a settlement agreement [text, PDF] Friday over early voting in Ohio. The now settled lawsuit was filed last year by the ACLU challenging the decreased availability of early voting opportunities in the state as a result of the … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Jan 2015
by Ayanna Thomas of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Joseph Macklin

JURIST Guest Columnist Ayanna Thomas, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the tenth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Thomas discusses racial discrimination in the workplace... A federal jury in New York … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A request to St. Louis County Judge Maura McShane for a new grand jury review of the case against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown has been denied [press release]. The request was made early in January by the NAACP's Legal Defense … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a Texas voter ID law [SB 14 text] violates the Fourteenth and Fifteenth [texts] Amendments of the US Constitution because it is racially discriminatory and places a substantial … [read more]

Legal News
30 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted a stay [order, PDF] preventing Ohio polls from opening Tuesday for those wishing to cast their vote early in the upcoming November mid-term elections. The 5-4 decision stayed the September 4 order [order, PDF] from the US District Court for … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that an Ohio law that cut down the 35 days of early in-person voting violates the US Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. US District Court Judge Peter Economus ordered Ohio to restore the full 35 days, including the "golden week" where … [read more]

Legal News
1 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday issued a pair of rulings limiting the ability of public sector employees to unionize and requiring voters to present identification. In a 5-2 decision [opinion, PDF] in Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Walker, the court upheld legislation known as the Budget Repair … [read more]

Academic Commentary
30 Jun 2014
by Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School
edited by Brent Nesbitt

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of the Lewis & Clark Law School comments on the statement made by Donald Sterling and how the public outcry should give us pause to consider the underlying issues ... Unless you've been completely avoiding TV, the Internet, newspapers, magazines and likely your family members … [read more]

Professional Commentary
21 May 2014
by David Hacker of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist David Hacker of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses free speech zones on public university campuses... Free speech zones on public university campuses sound wonderful in the abstract—a special zone just for free speech! But don't be fooled. College's sell the idea of free speech zones like used car … [read more]

10 Feb 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark

On July 18, 2013, the city of Detroit, Michigan filed a petition declaring Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. Detroit's attempt to declare bankruptcy briefly came to a halt on July 22, 2013, when Michigan Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2013
by Brent Nesbitt

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Thursday dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit challenging an Arizona law [HB 2443, PDF] punishing doctors for knowingly performing abortions based on the race or sex of the fetus. Plaintiffs contended that their constituents have … [read more]

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